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Amazon settles with activist workers who say they were illegally fired.

Amazon settles with activist workers who say they were illegally fired.

Technology
Amazon has settled with two of its most prominent internal critics, staving off a public hearing over accusations that the company illegally fired the pair, lawyers for the parties told an administrative judge on Wednesday.The terms of the settlement were not immediately disclosed.The former employees, Emily Cunningham and Maren Costa, have said they were fired last year because they publicly pushed the company to reduce its impact on climate change and address concerns about its warehouse workers. Amazon has maintained that the former employees repeatedly broke internal policies.The settlement was reached at a high-wire moment for Amazon, which has pledged to be “Earth’s best employer” and is looking, in a tight labor market, to hire 40,000 corporate and tech workers and 125,000 warehouse...
Amazon Illegally Fired Activist Workers, Labor Board Finds

Amazon Illegally Fired Activist Workers, Labor Board Finds

Technology
SEATTLE — Amazon illegally retaliated against two of its most prominent internal critics when it fired them last year, the National Labor Relations Board has determined.The employees, Emily Cunningham and Maren Costa, had publicly pushed the company to reduce its impact on climate change and address concerns about its warehouse workers.The agency told Ms. Cunningham and Ms. Costa that it would accuse Amazon of unfair labor practices if the company did not settle the case, according to correspondence that Ms. Cunningham shared with The New York Times.“It’s a moral victory and really shows that we are on the right side of history and the right side of the law,” Ms. Cunningham said.The two women were among dozens of Amazon workers who in the last year told the labor board about company retali...